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Coronavirus – what to do?

By March 18, 2020 No Comments
Woman with the flu in bed

It’s March, and while ‘flu season’ is coming to an end, ‘coronavirus season’ has just begun in the US.

While coronaviruses aren’t new, the one that is spreading more easily right now is a new strand that our body’s haven’t seen before or built antibodies to yet. This means we’re more susceptible to catching it.
So while many people are concerned about getting sick, and stocking up on food in case they are quarantined at home for weeks on end, let’s shift our focus to prevention. Here’s what can we do to stay healthy, prevent our own exposure, and prevent it from spreading to others if we do get sick.
Did you know that most of your immune system is in your gut? Specific cells in the lining of the gut spend their lives excreting massive quantities of antibodies to help fight off bacteria and viruses we are exposed to every day. It makes sense to say that if you have a healthy gut you are able to fight off infections more easily.

Here are some easy ways to keep your gut healthy:

  • Probiotics

Our body is made up of trillions of bacteria, most of which are in our gut lining. The more diversity of good bacteria we have, the more easily we can crowd out the bad guys when they get inside.

Pro Tip: change up the strands of bacteria in your probiotic every quarter to ensure you’re getting enough diversity

  • Eat your veggies!

The more variety in vegetables you eat, the more you feed the good probiotic bacteria so they can grow and fight off infections more easily.

  • Avoid sugar.

Sugar is pro-inflammatory which means it hurts the gut more than helps it, allowing bad guys in and increasing risk for getting sick. Stick with fruits like berries (which are high in antioxidants) if you’re craving something sweet.

Tips to avoid catching the virus

Reducing our own personal risk of getting infected with Coronavirus will help prevent it from spreading to those at higher risk. Given what we know about how this virus is contracted, here are simple tips to avoid exposure:

  •    Wash your hands!

Did you know most people aren’t doing this right? It’s important when using soap and water to wash both sides and under your finger nails for at least 20 seconds – an easy way to do this is to sing the “Happy Birthday” song – when you’re done, rinse and dry off.

  • Walk away

Infections like coronavirus and flu are spread when someone coughs or sneezes and the tiny droplets in the air are ingested or inhaled. Keeping a distance of at least 3 feet from others – think about having a hula hoop around your waist. Also avoid enclosed areas with large crowds whenever possible.

  • Avoid face touching

On average we touch our faces over 20 times an hour. Our hands come in contact with potentially bad bacteria and viruses all day long from touching door handles to shaking hands. Since the gateway to your gut is through your nose and mouth, it’s important to avoid giving the bad guys a head start into our gut and keeping your hands away from your face.

Man down…Now that you’re sick, what do you do?

  •  Stay Home!

If you have symptoms or have been diagnosed with a contagious bug, it’s important that you stay home to reduce the spread and exposure to others. Typically, once you are fever free for 24hrs or more you can get back to life as usual, but check with your doctor on what they recommend is the necessary amount of time at home before it’s safe to go back to work or school.

  • Sleep

Rest is one of the best ways to help you recover fast and feel better. Your body heals and recovers when your sleeping so getting plenty of rest will aid in a quick recovery

  • Hydrate

The Solution to Pollution is Dilution… Hydrating with water throughout the day and avoiding dehydrating fluids (caffeine, soda, alcohol) will help you recover sooner and feel better faster.

If you have questions, please call to talk to a member of our team at 704-752-9346 or email us at questions@signaturewellness.org.  You deserve to LOVE the way you feel!